The Academy for WOMEN is a NGO in Bosnia and Herzegovina which has the aim to empower, inform and develop potentials of women and youth in all public spheres. It is the intention of gather women but also young people from all spheres of life around the Academy and to promote women rights and gender equality in the society in a way that women become aware of their potential, role in the society and recognise opportunities for change of the narratives in politics and in the society.

The Academy for WOMEN is open of all stakeholders and represents a platform which is focused on addressing social and political issues with the aim to strengthen the democratic society in BiH.

We practice non-formal education addressing topics such as human rights, civic participation, gender equality and political and media literacy of either women in politics or those who are interested in entering politics but also young people as such. Through different activities we want to empower our target groups to think critically and take part in socio political developments in BiH. Our activities are aimed at education, mentoring, connecting various stakeholders and public awareness.


Director / CEO

Maja Gasal-Vražalica

She was born in Livno in 1983. She earned her academic degree at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Sarajevo, Department of German Studies, where she received the title of professor of German language and literature.

In the mandate period 2014-2018 she was a member in the House of Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a member of the Commissions of the Joint Committee for Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Commission for Gender Equality of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

She wants to share her acquired knowledge and experiences in political party and parliamentary life with people who want to socialize and politically engage, and has therefore established the Academy for WOMEN with the aim to strengthen individual capacities of each responsible individual.

"Only by working on ourselves and by responsible approach we can contribute to our community and expect improvement."

Program Director

Mirela Grünther-Đečević  

 Holds a M.A. degree in English Language and Literature and Media Communications from the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf. She has an extensive experience in civil society development, gender equality, human rights, policy development in the field of international cooperation but also the impact of work of the International Community and the EU in the democratization process in Bosnia and Herzegovina and South East Europe region and implementation of development programs and projects.
She worked for UNFPA, UNDP, OHR, and was the Head of Office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She speaks German, B/H/S and English and has published several texts on the socio-political situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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